The Texas Ebola patient is identified as a mid-40s man from Monrovia. Government officials in Liberia have revealed the identity of the man being treated in Dallas for the first US case of the Ebola virus. His name is Thomas Eric Duncan and he lives in the country’s capital, where he worked for a company that helps FedEx get its packages through custom controls.
Fumbles force the US Secret Service director to resign. First there was the fence-jumper incident. Then the revelation that an armed security contractor—an ex-convict—rode an elevator with president Barack Obama. Director Julia Pierson stepped down after a grilling on Capitol Hill yesterday from members of both parties, who questioned her agency’s competence. She’ll be replaced by a retired Secret Service man, Joseph Clancy.
Hong Kong’s protests may be about to get messy. The pro-democracy demonstrations that have shut down central Hong Kong for five days may transition from a festive street party to a tense political showdown. Student activists have set the end of the day as a deadline for the city’s chief executive to retire, and have vowed to storm government buildings—including CY Leung’s own residence—if he doesn’t step aside.
Zara throws in with Alibaba. One of the world’s largest fashion retailers agreed to sell its apparel via Tmall, an Alibaba platform that takes a commission on sales. Despite Zara being one of the most popular brands in China, its Zara.cn site failed to make an impact.
Hyundai workers return to the factory floor. Staff voted by a slim 51.5% margin to end to a strike that was expanded after Hyundai paid $10 billion for a trophy plot of land in Seoul’s Gangnam district. The company’s workers, who will each receive payments of 8.9 million won ($8,400), have gone on strike for all but four of their union’s 27-year history.
Despite coalition bombings, ISIL forces are set to capture Kobani. ISIL fighters are just a kilometer away from the entrance of the Syrian town on the border with Turkey, which is being defended by Kurdish forces. This comes in spite of the UK successfully destroying multiple targets this week and the US-led bombing of three oil refineries that were funding ISIL to the tune of $3 million per day.
That convenient Wi-Fi on planes could blank out cockpit screens. The US Federal Aviation Administration is has ordered airlines to replace Honeywell-made cockpit displays that don’t seem to get along with Wi-Fi signals and cellular devices. The screens, which can blank out with interference, are in in 1,326 planes—Boeing 737 and 777 models—and must be replaced over the next five years at a cost of $13.8 million.
Pepsi sweetened with stevia is launching as an Amazon exclusive. Pepsi True will look and taste like regular Pepsi, but it’ll be sweetened with a combination of sugar and the herbal sweetener stevia instead of high-fructose corn syrup. True will eventually be on grocery store shelves, but not the big chains. The new concoction will be 40 calories lighter than the original, though the health-conscious should probably still stick to water.
Viagra could damage some men’s vision. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, can cause temporary vision problems for anyone, but for the one in 50 men who carry a mutated gene linked to retinal degeneration, the drug may do more harm. Mice with the gene who took slidenafil experienced vision damage for two weeks and their eyes showed early signs of cell death.